The fourth edition of the West End Frenchies showcased the talent of MTA London-trained musical performer, musician and composer Leo Elso who recently played Tom Springfield in the musical Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre.
For his London cabaret debut, Elso chose to start with a Sondheim ditty – ‘I’m Calm’ from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, followed by an eclectic selection of other material.
Highlights included John Bucchino’s ‘It’s Only Life’, a spirited ‘Born This Way’ medley, and some of his own songs, including ‘What Am I Doing Here’.
He was joined on stage by fellow graduates Cameron Hay and Zoe Littleton, and always impeccably accompanied by musical director John Florencio. The latter travelled from Paris to replace Samuel Sené, creator of the West End Frenchies, who has been busy finishing his amazing Broadway overtures medley, brilliantly mixing 25 overtures in 200 seconds!
Elso also co-hosted the second part of the evening with the irrepressible Sarah Tullamore.
A sought after musical director and conductor, Sené is doing a great deal to develop the exchanges of talent between Paris and the West End. The ever-growing professionalism of the performers participating in the open mic demonstrates the importance of the French community in London.
The next edition at the Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, London on 4 May will showcase Ida, a pop/opera/musical vocal quartet – but a difficult choice will have to be made…
On the very same day, the West End will be treated to an other French import with Oh Là Là! starring Isabelle Georges.
After four highly acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, No. 1 musical theatre star Georges will be performing for one night only at the St James Theatreas part of the London Festival of Cabaret. Accompanied by musical director and vocalist Frederik Steenbrink and a five-piece band, this will be an evening of modern and classic French songs and stories (featuring the music of Brel, Bécaud, Piaf, Aznavour and more).
Georges has played a string of leading roles in shows including Barnum (Les Célestins Lyon), Le Passe Muraille (Les Bouffes Parisiens Paris), Nymph Errant (Chichester Festival Theatre), Singin’ in the Rain (ORW Belgium and Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin Paris), La Périchole (Théâtre National de Chaillot Paris), L’Air de Pari (Théâtre La Comédia Paris), Et Si On Chantait (Espace Pierre Cardin Paris) and Titanic the Musical (ORW Belgium).
The actress and singer has recorded nine albums and in 2011 wrote Padam, Padam, a show that bacame one of the biggest hits in Paris that year. Her new show, Amour Amor opens on 26 Mayat Théâtre La Bruyère in Paris and is scheduled to run until 20 August.
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